–Miyamoto Musashi, Go Rin No Sho, from the “Fire” scroll
So who’s your adversary? Unlike Musashi, it’s probably not an adversary bent on your imminent destruction. But is it a feeling
of boredom or stagnation with your training routine? Reluctance to embark on a better nutritional plan? Feeling tired with the current 8-5? All of these things can be considered an adversary, or at least adversarial.
In most of these cases, it is a matter of “spirit” or even “will”. You have to want to continue, to make a change, to train even if you don’t feel like it. I’ve been training on a regular and serious basis for over 30 years. Needless to say, I love to train! But there are days where I have to drag my lazy tush off the couch and talk myself into getting something done. It happens. One of the reasons I research and try different training techniques is to keep it fresh and interesting, to keep from “just scraping along.” My philosophy is that if you keep things fun, interesting, maybe add a little element of danger or craziness, you’re more likely to want to train, and likely to train more frequently and for longer. And that’s a good thing. Because all the reps count, and they all add up. Training is supposed to be a lifelong endeavor, and it’s supposed to be fun, not a chore.
So follow Musashi’s advice – change your spirit. Employ something totally different, become new, become energized, and train.